Miss J - the NEW ME.

My first shoot was decided after seeing a friend's pictures, and I loved them and wanted to have the experience.  My second shoot was decided on because I had just hit 6 months of sobriety, and I was thinking of what I wanted to do for a present for myself.  My body had changed a lot in those 6 months, but more importantly my confidence had changed too and I wanted to do a shoot with the "new me.”

It honestly is a life changing experience. Every woman should consider doing this.  I have always struggled with body image, or never feeling enough in that aspect.  My shoots have changed the way I look at myself.  I feel so damn beautiful walking out of your studio, like a queen.  I feel empowered by being able to love pictures of ME. Self love is so important, and my shoots gave me the power to dive into my self love. I won't ever regret my shoot.  It has been a part of my sobriety journey because it was able to give me strength to see myself as ENOUGH and BEAUTIFUL and CAPABLE.  I'm so grateful that I got to do this for myself, and to have Shalista as part of that journey.

I have been following Shalista's page for quite some time and always wanted to do a shoot (because I knew it was going to be fun!). I finally decided I didn't want to be the girl wishing she could, so I did it. 

After I booked my shoot, I was definitely excited but wasn't sure what I got myself into. I prepared for the session by paying close attention to the details in the emails that Shalista sends you prior to your shoot--those were beyond helpful!

Once I arrived for my shoot, I was a little nervous but knew it was going to be an amazing experience. I started getting my hair and make up done right away by Lacey and that made me really comfortable because the she calmed any nerves I had. She made me look and feel gorgeous and Shalista tells you everything you need to do to look flawless--so there is no way one could not love this experience. 

After my shoot, I was really happy that I made the decision to just do it because I felt beautiful in my skin and was able to have an experience that I have never had before. My images were for myself to boost my confidence and to embrace the beauty of being a woman. I was kind of nervous to see my images because I knew I was put outside of my comfort zone but I was beyond ecstatic to see them. I loved every single one of them! I plan to do another shoot in the future and I highly recommend other women to just do it! The photo shoot was everything I expected it to be and more, Shalista and her team made every effort to make me comfortable in my own skin and feel like a queen.